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Near Mindoro in La Crosse County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Mindoro Cut

 
 
The Mindoro Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 7, 2009
1. The Mindoro Cut Marker
Inscription. This cut, located at the highest point on state highway 108 between Mindoro and West Salem, is 74 feet deep and 25 feet wide. It was hand-hewn out of hard rock in 1907-08. All work was completed with only horse-drawn equipment and hand tools. As far as known it is the second largest hand-hewn cut in the nation.
 
Erected 1970 by the Mindoro 4-H Club. (Marker Number 79.)
 
Location. 43° 58.446′ N, 91° 5.723′ W. Marker is near Mindoro, Wisconsin, in La Crosse County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 108 and McClintock Road, on the right when traveling south on State Highway 108. Touch for map. Marker is at a small unpaved parking area along the highway. Marker is in this post office area: Mindoro WI 54644, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hamlin Garland (approx. 3.8 miles away); Village of Neshonoc (approx. 4.4 miles away); a different marker also named Hamlin Garland (approx. 4.4 miles away); Luther College (approx. 6.3 miles away); The Valley View Site (approx. 9.1 miles away); The Driftless Area
Base of the Mindoro Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 7, 2009
2. Base of the Mindoro Cut Marker
Largest remaining
Hand Hewn Cut in U.S.A.

This property has been
placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
(approx. 10.4 miles away); Campbell Cemetery G.A.R. Memorial (approx. 10.6 miles away); The Upper Mississippi (approx. 11.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This is a Wisconsin Registered Landmark – Number 79. State/National Register of Historic Places #07000428; certification date May 15, 2007.
 
Also see . . .
1. Mindoro Cut. "The idea was simple: create a short access to the LaCrosse valley by cutting through the soft sandstone on the ridge... In this case the ridge exists because it's capped with resistant Prairie du Chien dolomite. It took the townsfolk two years to finish the job." (Submitted on October 26, 2009.) 

2. West Salem Journal; June 3, 1971. "...Mindoro Cut may even be The Deepest hand-hewn Cut in the nation." (Submitted on October 26, 2009.) 
 
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The Mindoro Cut and Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 7, 2009
3. The Mindoro Cut and Marker
The Mindoro Cut image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 7, 2009
4. The Mindoro Cut
The Mindoro Cut image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, October 7, 2009
5. The Mindoro Cut
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,018 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 26, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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